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Morgan Sindall and partners drive excellence across UK highways projects

Morgan Sindall’s joint venture teams, currently working on highways projects across the UK, have emerged from the recent Highways England Supplier Recognition Awards with an enviable assortment of accolades.

The awards scheme recognises Highways England suppliers who help to upgrade, maintain and operate England’s strategic road network. Morgan Sindall, along with its joint venture partners and extended supply chain, has been acknowledged in delivering exceptional service to Highways England on four separate projects.

The company’s A1 Leeming to Barton project in Yorkshire, which it is undertaking in partnership with Carillion, is a notable recurrence on the honours list. It won the ‘Safety, Health and Wellbeing’ category, which is awarded to suppliers that show industry leading commitment to enhancing organisational, workforce and road user health and safety. In collaboration with Redspeed International and North Yorkshire Police, it devised an initiative comprising enforcement, awareness and education to influence the behaviour of large goods vehicle drivers. This resulted in a 94 per cent reduction in width and weight violations through road works. This initiative has already been the subject of acclaim, having been recognised at the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards last year as well as winning a CIHT Technological Application Award. The project also won at the Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Awards, topping both the BIM and Innovation categories.

Another of Morgan Sindall’s contracts, upgrading Junctions 19 to 15 of the M1 between Catthorpe and Northampton, which it is undertaking in joint venture with BAM Nuttall, was highly commended in the Health and Safety category for its use of ‘mission room’. This is a virtual site tour, on screen and in real time, providing instant access to complex and hazardous environments from the safety of an office.

In the ‘Managing down cost/improving value’ category, the company’s A1 Leeming to Barton project secured another win. This category recognises suppliers that have demonstrated the delivery of Highways England contracts in smarter, more efficient ways at all stages of the project. Furthermore, the company’s smart motorway upgrade works on Junctions 39 to J42 of the M1 in West Yorkshire, which are being conducted in joint venture with BAM Nuttall, were highly commended in the category.

In addition, the distinguished A1 Leeming to Barton project was highly commended in the ‘Communities’ category. This is awarded to suppliers that have engaged with community groups from the outset, understood what really matters to them and identified ways in which they can work differently. The team has raised over £20,000 for local charities and built strong relationships with Phoenix House – a facility for injured ex-servicemen and women.

The company is currently undertaking upgrades to the M60 which it is delivering as part of a wider alliance on the Manchester Smart Motorways scheme. Highways England highly commended this project in the ‘Supply Chain Management’ category. This recognises companies that have encompassed Highways England’s strategic agenda, values and principles through supply chains during projects. The team was praised for its consistent and collaborative working approach with traffic management consultants. The award acknowledged the hard work that the team put into training staff, working with Greater Manchester Police in respect to speeding fines and giving staff the opportunity to visit the Highways England Regional Control Centre in order to gain a greater understanding of its operational procedures.

Gary Crisp, Morgan Sindall’s Highways Director, said: “We deliver some of the most ambitious highway schemes in the UK and strive to instil excellence in all of them, from health and safety and providing the best value for our customers, to engaging with the communities around us. Myself, as well as our teams on the ground, are delighted to receive such comprehensive recognition from Highways England. We relish new challenges and will continue to collaborate with our colleagues to set the standards for UK road works.”